Deans' stroke musings

Changing stroke rehab and research worldwide now.Time is Brain!Just think of all the trillions and trillions of neurons that DIE each day because there are NO effective hyperacute therapies besides tPA(only 12% effective). I have 493 posts on hyperacute therapy, enough for researchers to spend decades proving them out. These are my personal ideas and blog on stroke rehabilitation and stroke research. Do not attempt any of these without checking with your medical provider. Unless you join me in agitating, when you need these therapies they won't be there.

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Shortly after getting out of the hospital and getting NO information on the process or protocols of stroke rehabilitation and recovery I started searching on the internet and found that no other survivor received useful information. This is an attempt to cover all stroke rehabilitation information that should be readily available to survivors so they can talk with informed knowledge to their medical staff. It's quite disgusting that this information is not available from every stroke association and doctors group.
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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Mediterranean Diet May Have Lasting Effects on Brain Health

I bet even this is not enough to get your doctor and nutritionist to setup a diet protocol for hospital use and for when you get home. Specifics, not general crap like 'Follow a Mediterranean Diet'.
Older people who followed a Mediterranean diet retained more brain volume over a 3-year period than those who did not follow the diet as closely, according to a study published in the January 4, 2017, online issue of Neurology.
However, contrary to earlier studies, eating more fish and less meat was not related to changes in the brain.
The Mediterranean diet includes large amounts of fruits, vegetables, olive oil, beans and cereal grains such as wheat and rice, moderate amounts of fish, dairy and wine, and limited red meat and poultry.(Useless because it is way too general)
“As we age, the brain shrinks and we lose brain cells which can affect learning and memory,” said Michelle Luciano, PhD, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland. “This study adds to the body of evidence that suggests the Mediterranean diet has a positive impact on brain health.”
For the study, the researchers gathered information on the eating habits of 967 Scottish people around age 70 who did not have dementia. Of those people, 562 had a brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan around age 73 to measure overall brain volume, gray matter volume, and thickness of the cortex. From that group, 401 people then returned for a second MRI at age 76. These measurements were compared to how closely participants followed the Mediterranean diet.
The participants varied in how closely their dietary habits followed the Mediterranean diet principles. People who didn’t follow as closely to the Mediterranean diet were more likely to have a higher loss of total brain volume over the 3 years than people who followed the diet more closely. The difference in diet explained 0.5% of the variation in total brain volume, an effect that was half the size of that due to normal aging.
The results were the same when researchers adjusted for other factors that could affect brain volume, such as age, education, and having diabetes or high blood pressure.
There was no relationship between grey matter volume or cortical thickness and the Mediterranean diet. Fish and meat consumption were not related to brain changes.
“It’s possible that other components of the Mediterranean diet are responsible for this relationship, or that it’s due to all of the components in combination,” said Dr. Luciano.
She noted that earlier studies looked at brain measurements at only 1 point in time, whereas the current study followed people over time.
“In our study, eating habits were measured before brain volume was, which suggests that the diet may be able to provide long-term protection to the brain,” said Dr. Luciano. “Still, larger studies are needed to confirm these results.”
SOURCE: American Academy of Neurology

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